Model Off Duty

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I take my “no-makeup makeup” inspiration from the likes of Cara Delevingne, Karlie Kloss and Jordan Dunn, all of whom look just as fabulous on their days off as they do when they’re walking the runway. Fierce brows, flawless skin and a minimalistic approach to makeup gives an effortlessly undone (yet incredibly beautiful) look.

I decided to re-create the classic “model off duty” look, using a few new products (most of them right from the drugstore) and barely any brushes or tools! Keep scrolling to learn exactly how to get this look!

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I evened out the skin using the new Maybelline Dream Velvet Soft-Matte Hydrating Foundation with the complementary blending sponge (I used the shade Ivory on Alex). I added small amounts of foundation to the sponge and smoothed it onto the skin, blending small areas at a time. I skipped the powder because this foundation leaves the skin looking matte and poreless on its own.

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Step 2: Brighten Up

I used the Sephora Bright Future Color Corrector in the shade Pink under the eyes and extended downwards along the side of the nose and back along the top of the cheekbone, then blended out with my finger. The pink tint to this concealer helps to hide dark circles and brighten up the complexion, while the serum-like texture keeps skin hydrated throughout the day.

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Step 3: Bold Brows

The focus of this look is on bold, full brows. I used the Maybelline Brow Drama Pomade Crayon (I used shade Deep Brown on Alex) to fill in sparse areas and slightly exaggerate the eyebrows. I used short, soft upward strokes at the inner corner and extended the tail ends of the brows slightly.

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Step 4: Shape Up

I used a clean spoolie (you can use a lash comb or even a clean toothbrush) to brush the brow hairs into place. The brow pomade helps to hold the lashes in shape, so I didn’t need to use a brow gel to set the look. If you have unruly brows, you might need to add a strong-hold brow gel to hold the look (I like this one). I brushed the brow hairs up in the inner corner and smoothed them down to follow the shape of the tail.

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Step 5: Quick Contour

Those model cheekbones don’t quit (even on weekends) so I quickly contoured the cheeks using the new Dior Diorblush Sculpt Professional Contouring Powder Blush in the shade Beige Contour. I simply used the included brush, and double loaded it by sweeping it back and forth on the powder, grabbing half highlight and half contour at the same time. Then I simply swept the brush along the cheekbones and lightly blended out the edges.

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Step 6: Mascara

For the ultimate low-key look, I skipped on eyeshadow and eyeliner and opted just for a couple coats of mascara. I used CoverGirl Plumpify BlastPro Mascara to quickly give a boost of volume and definition to the lashes.

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Step 7: Pucker Up

For this look, I just wanted to hydrate the lips, leaving them with a sheen (but no shine). I used Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream Intensive Lip Repair Balm and patted it into the lips with my finger.

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Step 8: Glow Time

To give the matte skin a little more life, I patted the same Elizabeth Arden lip balm on the tops of the cheek bones. This gives a slight dewiness to the skin, right where the light catches. You can also use it on the eyelids for a modern, lived-in look.

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Finished!

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  • Step 1: Velvet Skin

    I evened out the skin using the new Maybelline Dream Velvet Soft-Matte Hydrating Foundation with the complementary blending sponge (I used the shade Ivory on Alex). I added small amounts of foundation to the sponge and smoothed it onto the skin, blending small areas at a time. I skipped the powder because this foundation leaves the skin looking matte and poreless on its own.

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  • Step 2: Brighten Up

    I used the Sephora Bright Future Color Corrector in the shade Pink under the eyes and extended downwards along the side of the nose and back along the top of the cheekbone, then blended out with my finger. The pink tint to this concealer helps to hide dark circles and brighten up the complexion, while the serum-like texture keeps skin hydrated throughout the day.

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  • Step 3: Bold Brows

    The focus of this look is on bold, full brows. I used the Maybelline Brow Drama Pomade Crayon (I used shade Deep Brown on Alex) to fill in sparse areas and slightly exaggerate the eyebrows. I used short, soft upward strokes at the inner corner and extended the tail ends of the brows slightly.

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  • Step 4: Shape Up

    I used a clean spoolie (you can use a lash comb or even a clean toothbrush) to brush the brow hairs into place. The brow pomade helps to hold the lashes in shape, so I didn’t need to use a brow gel to set the look. If you have unruly brows, you might need to add a strong-hold brow gel to hold the look (I like this one). I brushed the brow hairs up in the inner corner and smoothed them down to follow the shape of the tail.

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  • Step 5: Quick Contour

    Those model cheekbones don’t quit (even on weekends) so I quickly contoured the cheeks using the new Dior Diorblush Sculpt Professional Contouring Powder Blush in the shade Beige Contour. I simply used the included brush, and double loaded it by sweeping it back and forth on the powder, grabbing half highlight and half contour at the same time. Then I simply swept the brush along the cheekbones and lightly blended out the edges.

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  • Step 6: Mascara

    For the ultimate low-key look, I skipped on eyeshadow and eyeliner and opted just for a couple coats of mascara. I used CoverGirl Plumpify BlastPro Mascara to quickly give a boost of volume and definition to the lashes.

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  • Step 7: Pucker Up

    For this look, I just wanted to hydrate the lips, leaving them with a sheen (but no shine). I used Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream Intensive Lip Repair Balm and patted it into the lips with my finger.

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  • Step 8: Glow Time

    To give the matte skin a little more life, I patted the same Elizabeth Arden lip balm on the tops of the cheek bones. This gives a slight dewiness to the skin, right where the light catches. You can also use it on the eyelids for a modern, lived-in look.

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  • Finished!

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